The New Mexico State baseball team (8-10) fell 3-2 to No. 17 Oklahoma (14-4) in the final inning of the game, Wednesday, March 13 at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman, Okla.
After Oklahoma crossed the plate in the bottom of the first, both teams were scoreless until junior Michael Paulson tallied an RBI double to leftfield that brought in senior Parker Hipp, who got on base with a walk. It was Hipp's 18th walk of the year, which leads the team.
NM State took the lead in the sixth when Bobby Lecount tallied a run on a wild pitch. Lecount got aboard with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and reached third when Paulson flied out to centerfield. Paulson finished the day going 2-of-3 at the dish with an RBI. The Aggies took a 2-1 lead into the seventh before the Sooners tied up the game on an RBI double down the line.
A Sooner player reached base on a single through the left side and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. That base runner would get to third when he eluded a tag at third base before scoring on a walk-off sac-fly. Although he was credited with the loss, senior starting pitcher Adam Mott had a stellar performance as he worked 8.1 innings, while striking out seven batters and giving up just two earned runs. He now has a team-high 30 K's on the year in 34 innings of work.
The Aggies return home for a four-game series with Alabama A&M starting, Friday, March 15 at 6:05 p.m. (MT). The game is scheduled to air over the radio waves on KSNM AM 570, although is subject to change due to other sporting events in the region.